Russia’s veto blocks Syria chemical attacks inquiry

Nov 17, 2017, 2:00 AM EST
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, delivers remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Syria, April 7, 2017.

Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution on Thursday, blocking the extension of an international inquiry that seeks to find the culprits of chemical attacks in the Syrian war. U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, described the veto as “a deep blow” to any attempts at preventing the use of chemical weapons in future.

This is the 10th occasion Moscow has used its veto powers to shield the Syrian government since the deadly war began in 2011, writes the BBC.

Russia accused the West of sabotaging the U.N.’s inquiry of the Syrian chemical attacks while the U.S. slammed Moscow for the killing the investigative mechanism, notes Reuters.